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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Around the minors 4.17.12

By Adam Rubin

BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 1: Chris Schwinden induced 12 fly-ball outs over seven innings of one-run ball as the Herd snapped Lehigh Valley's six-game winning streak. Schwinden faced five more than the minimum through his seven innings. He struck out only one batter, but also only issued a one walk. The righty kept the outfielders busy with four fly-ball outs to left field, five to center and three more to right. Schwinden didn't allow more than one baserunner in any inning. The duo of Jack Egbert and Fernando Cabrera then kept the lead intact. Egbert increased his scoreless-innings streak to begin the season to eight with a 1-2-3 eighth. Cabrera worked the ninth for his third save. Trailing 1-0, the Bisons took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning against ex-Met Pat Misch. Lucas May hit Buffalo's first triple of the year to score Vinny Rottino from first base. Omar Quintanilla then gave the Herd the lead with a run-scoring groundout. Bobby Scales added insurance with a solo homer in the sixth. Scales also singled in the eighth to continue his streak of reaching base twice in all 10 games he has started this season. Buffalo plated a fourth run in the ninth inning when Domonic Brown dropped a deep fly ball off the bat of Josh Satin. Jordany Valdespin finished the game 0-for-4 and saw an end to his seven-game hitting streak. Zach Lutz went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .364. It was Lutz's fourth multi-hit game this homestand. Before May, the last Bisons catcher to triple was Josh Thole, on May 9, 2010 in Indianapolis. Misch (1-2) was charged with three runs and five hits while striking out two in 5 2/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: The B-Mets sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs in the third inning. Binghamton started the scoring early against New Hampshire starter Chad Jenkins. Sean Kazmar led off the game by walking and Oswaldo Navarro followed with a single. Matt den Dekker gave the B-Mets the lead and extended his hitting streak to nine games by ripping an RBI single past Mike McDade at first base. Navarro scored one batter later when Eric Campbell bounced into a double play. Binghamton truly turned up the heat in the third. The B-Mets set a season high for runs in an inning by crossing home six times on seven hits. Navarro, den Dekker, Campbell and Juan Lagares pounded out consecutive hits against Jenkins. Following a flyout by Travis Ozga, the B-Mets chased Jenkins with three straight hits, capped by Rylan Sandoval’s two-run triple. It was Sandoval’s first hit as a B-Met. Matt Wright entered in relief and doused the flames by inducing Kazmar to ground out. Wright struck out the side in order in the fourth, but hit a speed bump with two outs in the fifth. Josh Rodriguez started the rally by producing his first homer of the season. Juan Centeno followed with a double. He scored two batters later on Kazmar’s single. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh earned his second win of the trip. For the second straight start, McHugh racked up six strikeouts. He capped his night by fanning Brian Van Kirk to end the fifth. The righty allowed one run on four hits and walked two. His only blemish was a solo homer by Mark Sobolewski in the second. Up 10-1, Kevin Mulvey allowed the first three to reach to start the seventh, in his second inning. Ryan Goins cleared the bases with a triple. He scored one batter later on Van Kirk’s sacrifice fly. After a double and a walk, Robert Carson relieved Mulvey and ended the threat. The southpaw allowed the first two to reach in the eighth, but retired the next three Fisher Cats to post 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Josh Edgin took over in the ninth. Brad Glenn blasted a one-out solo homer. A.J. Jimenez followed by flying out and Sobolewski struck out to end the game. The B-Mets (5-6) complete their first trip of the season Wednesday night. It will be a matchup of top prospects as right-hander Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Deck McGuire. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 1: Gonzalez Germen limited Charlotte to one run on two hits and three walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Relievers John Church, Adam Kolarek and Adrian Rosario combined to blank the Stone Crabs, surrendering only one hit and one walk, the rest of the way. Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and two RBIs. Cesar Puello and Wilfredo Tovar also had two hits apiece. Box

SAVANNAH 2, ROME 1 (suspended): The game was halted in the top of the fifth inning because of a power failure. Before the stoppage, Aderlin Rodriguez contributed an RBI triple and scored on Dustin Lawley's sacrifice fly in the third. The game will resume Wednesday. Box

Compiled from team reports